SPAR stores closed across UK as cyber attack hits Preston supplier
A cyber attack forced SPAR stores in Lancashire and the rest of the UK to close.
A “total and widespread computer failure” hit hundreds of stores across the country on Sunday, with “security breach” issues still being reported today (December 6).
It is understood that checkouts do not work in stores managed by Spar, although some independent outlets are not affected and may open.
LancsLive reported earlier today how Lawrence Hunt & Co Ltd, which operates 25 branches in Lancashire as well as nine post offices and a Subway franchise, were affected by the incident.
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Food distributor James Hall and Co’s website, which ships merchandise to nearly 600 SPAR stores in the north, is also down.
A company spokesperson told LancsLive: “At James Hall we are currently aware of an online attack on our computer systems. This has affected around 330 SPAR stores in the North of England in the past 24 hours and we are working to resolve this situation. as quickly as possible.
“This is currently affecting the ability of stores to process card payments, which means a number of SPAR stores are currently closed to shoppers or only accept cash payments. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers and are working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue. the situation.”
The Hull University Student Union tweeted: “Due to a security breach in the network system, our SPAR store is currently unable to trade and is therefore closed. We are working with SPAR to rectify the situation. and we’ll let you know as soon as we can. can reopen. “
Alex Kettlewell, manager of the Spar store in Aiskew, North Yorkshire, posted an update on Facebook to let customers know the store remains closed today.
He wrote: “Spar in Aiskew is still closed this morning due to technical issues. Spar has been the subject of a suspected cyber attack, which means it affects the entire Spar domain, not just our garage. currently under investigation and will be reopened as soon as we can.
“I will send an update when I know this information. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
SPAR in Ribchester, near Preston, previously reported that there had been a “widespread computer failure across the northern SPAR network” with all stores closed for an “unknown period”.
They posted: “Due to a major and widespread computer outage across the entire Northern SPAR network, all Northern Spar stores will be closed indefinitely. We will update when we know more, but in the meantime, Please understand that our staff cannot open until the systems are restored.
“At this point, no one knows if it will be 10 minutes, 10 hours or 10 days.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and rest assured, we want to be there for you.”
Other stores have posted similar messages, with SPAR branches in Hambleton and Whelley, as well as many in Lancaster, apologizing for being closed due to IT issues.
Lancashire Police said they “had not been informed” of the incident.
LancsLive has contacted James Hall and Co and SPAR for comment.
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